Amit Phansalkar has been hired as chief data officer by mobile app intelligence provider Apptopia. Phansalkar will be responsible for leading the vision and strategy for the company’s data and drive innovation in its products with data science. His primary focus will be on adding layers of machine learning to the company’s framework, making their predictive analytics and data driven insights more reliable. He has more than 15 years of experience building products and systems using large quantities of data, previously serving as the global director of data sciences and advanced analytics at Millward Brown Digital.

Amit Phansalkar
Amit Phansalkar

Carl Livadas has been named vice president of data science at Sojern, a provider of a data-driven traveler information that utilizes machine learning technology. Livadas will be responsible for helping the company expedite the automation of its optimization methods, which has been refined over years of managing direct demand campaigns for thousands of clients worldwide. Prior to joining Sojern, Livadas was the leader of the real-time machine learning and bid evaluation team at Nanigans and held data science and engineering leadership roles at Kayak.

Carl Livadas
Carl Livadas

Brian Billings has been named vice president of predictive analytics at Midwest Employers Casualty, a workers compensation insurer and division of W.R. Berkley. In addition to his current responsibilities as director of business analytics, Billings is now tasked with expanding the reach of technology to include more of the company’s clients and business partners.Billings has more than 20 years of technology experience in the banking, investment services, insurance services, and healthcare fields, including the last eight with Midwest Employers Casualty. As the company’s strategy moved from data acquisition to leveraging data assets, Billings was at the forefront in their efforts to deploy machine learning technology for early detection of high-risk workers’ compensation claims.


Tony Cosentino has been named data and analytics evangelist at LiquidHub, a digital customer engagement company. In his new role, Cosentino will work closely with LiquidHub’s clients to enable faster, more informed decisions through enhanced data-driven customer insights. Cosentino most recently served as a senior industry analyst on business intelligence, operational intelligence and advanced analytics at a business technology advisory and consulting company.

Tony Cosentino
Tony Cosentino

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